Monday, December 5, 2016

Jayalalithaa alive, put on ‘life saving measures’; CM shows signs of response

Supporters of Indian southern state of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa hold her photograph as they pray for her health at a temple in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Thousands of Jayalalitha supporters and well wishers across India prayed for her speedy recovery after she was readmitted to the hospital in Cheanni following a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. (AP)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away on Monday after suffering cardiac arrest, some local channels reported. She was 68. However, Apollo Hospital has denied the reports the CM’s death. On Sunday, just hours after AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathi had said that Jaya’s is fine and recovering, news of the CM’s death broke. Indian Express, in a tweet, confirmed the development.  Earlier, Apollo Hospitals in a statement had said, “The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai, suffered a cardiac arrest this evening. She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts including cardiologists, pulmonologist and the critical care specialists.” Jayalalithaa’s supporters outside the hospital broke down after hearing the news, ANI reported. In the latest statement, the Apollo Hospital spokesperson has said that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister ‘remains critical’ and is put on various life-supporting systems. For live updates, see below:
10:25 pm: Meeting of AIADMK MLAs to discuss key issues in the wake of the “grave” health situation of TN CM Jayalalithaa could be held later tonight, party spokesperson told ANI. The meeting was postponed earlier in the evening.
09:55 pm: Jayalalithaa’s health condition is worsening, CNN News18 reveals. Doctors at her side.
09:40 pm: Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu has apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the latest health condition of TN CM Jayalalithaa. The union minister visited Apollo hospital, Chennai and met the doctors in the evening.
08:45 pm: Bringing relief, AIADMK spokesperson C Ponnaiyan said there were some signs of improvement in TN CM Jayalalithaa’s health condition but she was still critical, reported NDTV. He was further quoted as saying that the meeting of the party MLAs at its headquarters in Royapettah had been indefinitely postponed.
08:40 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh ruled out the possibility of law and order problem in Tamil Nadu in the wake of Jayalalithaa’s health. Meanwhile, heavy security arrangement has been placed in Chennai to prevent any untoward incident. A  shutdown like situation is prevailing in the city with several petrol pumps, shops and other establishments downed shutters. People were also seen returning home early.
08:30 pm: Office of a TV Channel has been reportedly vandalised for broadcasting false news of TN CM Jayalalithaa’s death.
08:00 pm: The doctors and bureaucrats are holding a meeting over the health status of TN CM Jayalalithaa at Apollo hospital. Principal secretary and chief secretary of the state are present in the hospital.
07:55 pm: Neurologists keeping a close watch on TN CM Jayalalithaa’s health. Reportedly signs of response have been seen. AIIMS doctors to review her health condition in every one hours, said reports.
07:20 pm: Security arrangement strengthens at Kerala’s Sabarimala temple that witnesses large number of devotees from Tamil Nadu, as tensions building up over the deteriorating health condition of Jayalalithaa, reported ToI.
07:00 pm: Union minister Venkaiah Naidu left the hospital after checking on the health condition of Jayalalithaa by consulting doctors who are treating her. He did not speak to the media gathered outside.
06:30 pm: Union minister Venkaiah Naidu reached Apollo hospital to see TN CM Jayalalithaa.
06.37 pm: Meanwhile, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wished speedy recovery to his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa, whose health condition continues to remain critical.
06.22 pm: Here’s the press release by Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, denying Amma’s death reports.
06.17 pm: Party flags once again hoisted.
06.08 pm: Sense of calmness prevail outside Apollo Chennai, after reports that Jayalalithaa is still alive.
5.53 pm: Apollo Hospital officially denies death of Jayalalithaa.
5.40 pm: Local News Channels report that Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa has died at Apollo Hospital, Chennai.
5.21 pm: All on duty policemen asked to remain on duty until further orders
“All Joint Commissioners of Police, Law and Order should keep only the essential strength in the police station and the remaining 75 per cent of the strength should be fully mobilised including all miscellaneous duties for bandobast by evening, Commissioner of Police S George said in a circular.
05.16 pm: Meanwhile, Jaya’s supporters continue to throng outside Apollo Hospital in Chennai.
05.06 pm: Our team of expert doctors continue to closely monitor and treat the Honourable Chief Minister. However her condition remains critical, says Apollo Hospitals
5.01 pm: 75 percent of staff asked to be on the roads and only essential personnel at stations, CNN-News18 reports. 5,000 cops deployed along with paramilitary forces.
04.58 pm: Doctors from AIIMS arrives at Apollo Hospital to attend TN CM Jayalalithaa
04.36 pm: Here’s the press release issued by Dr Richard Beale on Jayalalithaa’s health condition
04.28 pm: There may be a 6 PM announcement in JJ matter
04.23 pm: Huge gathering of AIADMK cadres before Apollo keeping police on toes, more force being deployed
04.21 pm: Paneerselvam to be named Jaya’s successor, MLAs asked to sign petition, reports India Today quoting sources
04.16 pm: The best medical treatment has been given, we should not speculate anything; I wish she will come out of danger: Vaiko, MDMK Chief

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